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Paul Robustelli '06 Wins Prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Paul Robustelli '06 is Pomona's first winner of the prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship, providing full financial support for the chemistry major to study at the world famous British university.

Likened to the Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford, the Gates Cambridge Scholarship was initiated five years ago with a $210 million donation from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. It is geared toward "students of exceptional academic achievement and scholarly promise" who have "strong aptitude for research, analysis and a creative approach to defining and solving problems."

Robustelli, a 21-year-old from Cross River, N.Y., says his work at Pomona in the research laboratories of Chemistry Professor Wayne Steinmetz and Biology Associate Professor Clarissa Cheney were key to his selection. At Cambridge, Robustelli plans to pursue his Ph.D in chemistry, studying protein folding, the process by which chains of amino acids form into their fully-structured, functional protein form.